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Fort Macleod art destined for RCMP training centre

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Harley Brown, Gordon MacIvor and Lucy Bedingfield-Wehrfritz with some of the art work donated to decorate a new RCMP training centre residence named for Fort Macleod.

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Lucy Bedingfield-Wehrfritz, Mayor Shawn Patience and Gordon MacIvor look at art destined for the new RCMP training centre residence named for Fort Macleod.

RCMP recruits training in Regina will have a daily reminder of Fort Macleod’s ties to the Mounted Police.
A Fort Macleod delegation will leave this week for the RCMP training centre to decorate a new residence with local art.
“We have 73 pieces of art work with the majority being framed pictures from the old days when Fort Macleod was the headquarters of the North West Mounted Police through the 1880s and 1890s, on up to the present modern world,” said Gordon MacIvor, who has spearheaded the project.
The RCMP is building four new residences to be named after forts, including Fort Macleod.
The building consists of seven 32-person dorms, three classrooms, two syndicate rooms and an open area.
When MacIvor learned that one of the new residences being built for RCMP cadets would be named for Fort Macleod, he set about acquiring local pieces to decorate the building.
The strong response from the community means the residence named for Fort Macleod — an original North West Mounted Police fort established in 1874 — will be a showcase of history.
“We have photographed them all and are in the process of finishing a catalogue for distribution,” MacIvor said Saturday. “A huge thank you goes to Lucy Bedingfield-Wehrfritz for all her time and effort in managing our project.”
The donated pieces were turned in to the Fort Macleod Arts Building for collection.
MacIvor also praised the support of Harley Brown of PhotoPlus — The Source for framing the photographs.
The Fort Macleod delegation includes Coun. Donna Houston representing the Town of Fort Macleod; Dawn Lauder, executive director of the Fort Macleod Historical Association; Sgt. Brent Hawker, non-commissioned officer in charge of the Fort Macleod detachment; Cpl. Kevin McKenna and Const. Rosalyn de Bruin, RCMP members who were born and raised in Fort Macleod; Southern Alberta RCMP Veterans Association president Lynn Spring; and MacIvor.
“We look forward in eager anticipation to see the brand new cadet residence,” MacIvor said.
The new residence will officially be opened Thursday, May 23, followed by a regimental dinner that evening at RCMP Depot.
The Regimental Dinner will commemorate the 140th anniversary of the legislation establishing the North West Mounted Police.

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